by WorldTribune Staff, March 11, 2018
The nomination of Chai Feldblum for a third term as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioner may mean President Trump was not briefed on her activism for the homosexual lobby at the expense of religious liberty, Jewish and Christian organizations are saying.
“Feldblum has been truly unfriendly to the accommodation of religious views,” a statement by the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) said.
Feldblum, who began serving on the EEOC in 2010, was a chief supporter of President Barack Obama’s LGBT agenda.
The CJV cited Feldblum’s statement in which she said “the need to protect the dignity of gay people will justify burdening religious belief… I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win.”
Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, Chairman of the CJV Rabbinic Circle stated: “The idea that everything must be subservient to the ‘dignity’ of homosexuals can easily be used to trample freedom of religion.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said that based on her previous performance “Feldblum hasn’t earned our trust – or another chance.”
Perkins added that when Feldlblum “was asked about the rights of Christians hiring employees of their choosing, she replied, ‘Gays win; Christians lose.’ That’s in complete contrast with President Trump’s beliefs and stated objectives, which leads me to believe that he wasn’t briefed on Feldblum’s activism or involved in her nomination. The last thing this president wants on his EEOC is an arch enemy of his agenda on religious liberty. Even if the commission is required to have a certain number of Democrats, the White House doesn’t have to take just anyone (or, in this case, the worst possible option).”
A Senate source told the Power Line blog that Feldblum’s nomination had been “hotlined,” meaning that unanimous consent will be sought to confirm a nominee (or pass legislation). If no one objects, the nominee is confirmed. A hold has reportedly been placed on Feldblum’s nomination, meaning there isn’t unanimous consent.
Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, has called on Trump to withdraw Feldblum’s nomination, saying that her “radical views on marriage and the appropriate use of government power place her far outside even the liberal mainstream.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Feldblum would serve until 2023.